Q5: Fake or Real News Step 2

9. Search Strategies

3. Watch the video below. These are things you should be looking for as you read articles on the Internet to help you tell the difference between real and fake news. 

4. Let’s pop the filter bubble by questioning what we read! If possible, with a partner and do a search on stealing water from the Great Lakes. Find at least two articles on this topic. Using the criteria in the poster above read through the articles and determine how accurate and real the reporting is. Use this Word Template to share with your teacher the answers to your questions. 

Answer the following questions:

  • Who wrote the article? Are they credible or real?
  • What is the copyright date of the article? Are the facts reported matching the copyright date?
  • Are there supporting sources? Do the links actually support the story?
  • Have experts in the field been connected to the story or authored the information?

Share the names and web links to the articles you read with your teacher and be sure to include the answers to each of the four questions above.

MITECS  Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
d. Understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies, are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices
d. Demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property

3. Knowledge Constructor
a. Plan and employ effective research strategies to locate information and other resources for their intellectual or creative pursuits
b. Evaluate the accuracy, perspective, credibility and relevance of information, media, data or other resources

A Digital Breakout may also be called a Digital Escape Room.

This is a web-based, game-like activity where students use clues to unlock a series of puzzles or activities to solve a challenge (or to escape a digital room).

Students frequently work together, (conference, or chat) as they work to locate and solve clues.

For additional help  to solve a breakout view this short video (3:44).

How to Spot Fake News